Nabil Bentaleb was born on 24 November, 1994. He is an Algerian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Bundesliga club Schalke 04 and the Algeria national team. Bentaleb made his senior international debut in March 2014 and has represented Algeria at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. As of November 2016, he has won 21 international caps and scored 4 goals.
On 22 December 2013, Bentaleb was selected into the 18-man first-team squad for Tottenham Hotspur in a Premier League match against Southampton. He made his professional debut in that match when he came on as a sub in the 50th minute for Mousa Dembélé, Tottenham won the match 3–2. His first start for Spurs came in the North London derby against Arsenal in the third round of the FA Cup on 4 January. Bentaleb scored his first goal for the club on 17 December 2014 in the fifth round of the Football League Cup against Newcastle United.
On 1 March 2015, Nabil started for Tottenham in the 2015 Football League Cup Final, a match they lost 2–0 to Chelsea. On 6 July, he signed a new five-year contract, which runs until 2020. On 25 August 2016, Bentaleb joined Bundesliga side Schalke 04 on a season-long loan deal. He went on to make his debut in an away match against Frankfurt on 27 August 2016, which Schalke lost 1–0. His first start came the next weekend against Bayern, after which he became a fixture in new manager Markus Weinzierl’s starting eleven.
On 24 February 2017, Tottenham Hotspur announced that they had reached an agreement with Schalke 04 for Nabil‘s transfer to be made permanent at the end of the loan period.
On 14 November 2012, Bentaleb made his debut for France U19 in a friendly match, coming on as a half time substitute in a 3–0 loss to Germany U19. Despite having represented France, he has been courted by the Algerian Football Federation, and some sources said he already accepted. In January 2014, Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood suggested that The English Football Association were also interested. However, Nabil would not meet the requirements to play for England under the unique rules set out in the Home Nations agreement. The Home Nations agreement requires that players engage in a minimum of five years of education before the age of 18 within the territory of the relevant association and do not offer national team eligibility through residency.